re·​nown | \ ri-ˈnau̇n How to pronounce renown (audio) \

Definition of renown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a state of being widely acclaimed and highly honored : fame
2 obsolete : report, rumor


renowned; renowning; renowns

Definition of renown (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give renown to

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Synonyms & Antonyms for renown

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of renown in a Sentence

Noun He achieved great renown for his discoveries. Her photographs have earned her international renown.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Designed by renown Houston architect Robert Dame, the 7,442-square-foot European estate was inspired by a Yorkshire castle and features soaring ceilings, antique flooring and jaw-dropping chandeliers. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "High-tech 'Star Wars' mansion among Houston's 10 most expensive homes sold in September," 10 Oct. 2019 Some Democrats are skeptical of Markey’s renown, pointing to his spotty record of turning green rhetoric into reality., "Climate activists are furious over Kennedy’s challenge to Markey - The Boston Globe," 1 Oct. 2019 Competing with Szell, the artist widely credited with giving the Cleveland Orchestra international renown, isn’t Welser-Most’s objective. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra extends Welser-Most contract, reveals plans for next five years," 22 Sep. 2019 After receiving a prestigious commission to sculpt native North American animals for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, Proctor’s renown grew. Melissa Hendrickson, Smithsonian, "What Do Bovids, Bridges and the West Have to Do With American Art?," 5 Aug. 2019 Her current renown springs from her eerie resemblance to, in equal parts, Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Schiffer. Laura Brown, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Babe: Anna Ewers," 8 Apr. 2015 Don’t go to Twitter Prison, stay loud in good renown. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1343: We plead no contest," 1 Aug. 2019 This exhaustive and admirable retrospective highlights his independence from popular renown. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts’ Review: Corralling a Lifetime of Creativity," 17 Oct. 2018 My friend Jeff Carlin, the WGN radio producer and a baker of some renown, loves them, but says they’re far too juicy to make a pie. John Kass,, "Column: Lamenting the last of Tom Ringhausen’s Calhoun County peaches, so sweet they’ll crack your jawbones off.," 29 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At a school renowned for producing record-setting quarterbacks, Sinnett is continuing the legacy. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Toreros easily finish off Valparaiso, 42-17, after slow start," 19 Oct. 2019 The idyllic images below were shot onsite at the Amanfayun, a spa resort of temples and tea plantations on the banks of West Lake, a World Heritage Site renowned for its serene beauty. Harper's BAZAAR, "Double Happiness: The Season's Luckiest Wedding Gowns—In China's Most Heavenly Setting," 30 Sep. 2019 The Premier League is becoming renowned for tricky wingers with a low centre of gravity, and strikers with pace and skill who can run in behind defences., "Picking a Starting XI of the Tallest Players in the Premier League 2019/20," 1 Sep. 2019 Bolliger & Mabillard, a Swiss firm renowned for its precision engineering and exceptionally smooth coasters, designed and built all three of the the headlining rides at Canada's Wonderland: Leviathan, Behemoth, and Yukon Striker. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Canada's Wonderland marathon: Riding all of the Toronto park's roller coasters in a day," 20 June 2019 For decades, Björk has been renowned for layering synthesizers and electronic effects on top of her indelible singing voice to push pop music's boundaries (not to mention music videos full of cutting-edge CGI). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Björk made music’s first “VR pop album”—she opens up about its heartbreak," 13 Sep. 2019 There's not much left to say about Klopp's 'heavy metal football' as his style is, pretty much, world-renowned at this point., "Joachim Low: 4 Candidates to Replace the World Cup Winning Coach," 8 Sep. 2019 Japan was once renowned for the mutual loyalty of its companies and salarymen, who could plausibly aspire to lifetime employment at a single firm. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 16 Sep. 2019 And of course, there’s the marvelous—and affordable—local food and wine that Italy is renowned for. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Region of Italy Will Pay You Roughly $765 a Month to Live There," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of renown


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for renown


Middle English renoun, from Anglo-French renum, renoun, from renomer to report, speak of, from re- + nomer to name, from Latin nominare, from nomin-, nomen name — more at name

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English Language Learners Definition of renown

somewhat formal : great fame and respect


re·​nown | \ ri-ˈnau̇n How to pronounce renown (audio) \

Kids Definition of renown

: the state of being widely and favorably known

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